Live YouTube interview with Bar Mitzvah Boy playwright Mark Leiren-Young

Moderated by Jewish Journal editor Ellen Goldstein.

Tune in to hear about Mark's career as a journalist and playwright, as well as a discussion about the themes and inspiration behind the play. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Mark questions at the event.

CLICK the link below to watch via YouTube Live - Thursday, October 22 at 7:30PM or any time after, at your convenience.

JRT Bar Mitzvah Boy BannerBy Mark Leiren-Young
November 5 – 25, 2020

A non-observant Jewish grandfather/successful divorce attorney decides he needs to have a Bar Mitzvah ASAP and finds his faith during study with a Rabbi who seems to be losing hers. A heartfelt comedy/drama that explores faith, religion, and what it means to be part of a community.

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Peter Palmisano

JRT is honored to be featured in the latest episode of Road Less Traveled Production's Off Road, hosted by Bar Mitzvah Boy cast member Peter Palmisano! Tune in HERE to hear about our digital staged reading season and how the theater community has adapted during this remarkable time.

JRT Holiday Shorts BannerBy Hank Kimmel
December 10 – 23, 2020

In a new series of hilarious Woody-Allen-esque short plays, Atlanta playwright Hank Kimmel delights with a new set of offbeat, comic 10-minute plays featuring themes of the holiday season.

JRT Exquisite Potential Banner ImageBy Stephen Kaplan
January 7-27, 2021

All parents think their children are brilliant. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year-old son, David, is the Messiah. Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visited their rabbi to verify David’s possible divine nature. Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that dad might have been onto something.

By Alice Eve Cohen
Feb. 4 – 24, 2021

In a newly revised version of What I Thought I Knew, Alice Eve Cohen weaves hope, humor and an entertaining cast of characters into her captivating memoir of a high risk, unanticipated pregnancy.

JRT Beau Jest Banner ImageBy James Sherman
March 11-31, 2021

What's a nice Jewish girl to do when her parents expect her to marry a nice Jewish doctor even though she’s already in love with another man? Hiring an actor to play her imaginary beau in front of the family seemed like a good idea until the charade is a little too successful and the “hired” boyfriend begins to capture her heart.



“Like everyone in the performing arts community, we want to see people in our theatre soon,” said Saul Elkin, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York. “In the meantime, we hope our audiences will join us online as we offer professional video productions of the type of plays you have come to expect from our theatre.

This season marks JRT’s 18thyear, a significant number that is associated with the word life in Hebrew. “We couldn’t let this year pass without making great theatre happen,” says Jordana Halpern, managing director. “Our recent staged reading series showed us that audiences clearly enjoy and appreciate this form of theatre, so we decided to bring the medium to them in their homes.” Read Full Press Release.

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